Keeping a sharp lookout when on the water with Al McGlashan

One of the key rules of boating is to keep a proper lookout. In this Club Marine TV video Al gives some invaluable tips on how to maximise your visibility and maintain a safe speed. He also identifies some important cardinal markers and isolated hazards.
Al McGlashan: On of the biggest things for safe boating is to always keep a look out, always be observant to your surroundings. So in situations like this it's always better to have two eyes than one. Come on Steph get up there and start lookin'. Open your clears, specially when they're older, so you get the best visibility. Always approach everything with caution, even a bridge because you've got minimal visibility out the other side. You don't know there might be another boat, there might be a log in the water, you don't know. Just play it safe and slow down.

One really important tip is to know the conditions. Now, we've had a high tide, then on top of that what we've had is a bit of rain. So there's a bit of debris in the river and here is a classic example. If you don't keep a look out there's a great big log sitting here, drifting down the river.

Now just imagine the damage this could do to your boat, if you hit that at speed. It would turn a good day into a disastrous day.

It's not just keeping a visual for things that might be floating and other boats, but it's also understanding your markers, all your navigation markers. So here you've got, these are cardinal markers. That one there tells you, with the two cones pointing out, safe passage to the East. Down the back there, with the two cones pointing down, safe passage to the South. It's really important that if you have a basic understanding of the markers, it will tell you.

So that's an isolated danger there, which is a little bit of reef. So if you understand your navigation markers and approach with caution, you'll play it safe on the water.

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